Burnley man breaks world record with tallest flagpole

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A BURNLEY-born high-flyer is flying the flag for his home town in the unlikely setting of the former Soviet state of Tajikistan.

Former Barden High School pupil Warren Felters (36) has helped to install the tallest flagpole in the world – standing at 165m. in the central Asian country’s capital Dushanbe.

Warren, marketing and sales director of Trident Support, Dubai, has now built and erected, with friend and colleague David Chambers from California, all six tallest flagpoles standing in the world today, and all certified by Guinness World Records.

The Tajiki flagpole beats his previous record which was a 162m. flagpole in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Flagpoles in the Middle East and central Asian countries, many of which are former Soviet states, are seen as proud symbols of independence in the new countries.

Warren added: “These massive flagpoles are very popular. I think they see them as patriotic symbols. Each country is always trying to get one over on the other about who has the highest flagpole.

“Now I’m just starting to build a 70m. flagpole for the UAE capital Abu Dhabi for their National Day celebrations in December, which will be the 40th anniversary of being a ‘United’ Arab Emirates, marking their independence from English sovereignty in 1971. This will be a ‘Stately Flagpole’ very similar to the one I built for the 2010 World Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.”

Trident is the only company in the world specialising in the design, construction and erection of Monumental Flagpoles up to world record heights on a regular basis.

Warren has also recently been working on the Formula One Grand Prix grandstands on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

He has received several requests for flagpoles in Rio de janeiro, Brazil, St Petersburg, Russia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

But he will making a more important trip in December – back to the Lower Manor estate, Burnley, for the first time in a few years to see his parents Bill and Susan and brother Adam.